It is said by the cricketing pundits that winning a test series overseas is the ultimate challenge for a captain. Virat Kohli, in his first full fledged series as the captain of the Indian test side has achieved the glorious feat of winning an overseas series.
By the virtue of defeating Sri Lanka 2-1, the Indians also won their first test series in Sri Lanka in 22 years. But the most inspiring part about India’s series win was the fact that they won the series after being 0-1 down.
Skipper Virat Kohli opened up about India’s historic win in Sri Lanka and answered every question with a million dollar smile lighting his face. “One thing we decided was to stick together as a team, don’t worry too much,” Kohli said.
“Obviously you will be criticised when you lose or have a bad performance but it’s important as cricketers not to focus on that. It’s important to focus on what the team needs to do in the next game, prepare for the next day even if it’s a travelling day, rather than thinking about what has happened,” Kohli said.
“It hurt a lot to lose the Galle game but I would like to praise the guys on how well they stuck together. They did not discuss what went wrong too much.” He said it had taken “a lot of effort” from his team to stay positive and find the renewed energy to turn the series around.
“We believed we could do. Ashwin and I are sitting here talking about the series win because of the belief we had even after losing the first game,” said Kohli.
When quizzed about the problem of plenty which team India possessed, Kohli said, “I am glad we have some time off before we play Test matches again because if you are playing a Test match again in ten days’ time, 15 days’ time, I wouldn’t be able to select a team along with the management because everyone has scored runs, everyone has taken wickets, so who will you drop? But, yeah, problem of plenty is never bad…It’s never bad to have seven-eight guys in form, is it? Not a bad problem this.”